Originally Posted by DnDFarm
I'd be willing to bet Walnut or Ravyn could tell you
In my area, completely counting out the cost of real estate, taxes, and buildings, I can make a good profit on hatching eggs, on chicks and poults up to two weeks old, on processed broilers, on processed turkeys, and on hens that have had one year of lay behind them. I lose on poults and pullets 2 weeks - point of lay, on peak layers, or 80% of market ready. I make a killing on live stewing hens but buyers are getting hard to find for live birds around here.
If I paid for hatching eggs for chicks or poults for sale, it would not be worth selling them. If I could free range on pasture, I could grow birds out at lower cost.
I shoot for 100% profit margin but 50% is sometimes all I can do. I assume all the risk, so it has to pay. If I just had a flock that popped out their own babies and they raised them in the back yard, I'd sell the chicks for whatever I could get for them.
Edited by WalnutHill - 3/31/16 at 11:21am